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In medical jurisprudence. Want of breath; difficulty in breathing; partial or temporary suspension of respiration ; specifically, such difficulty of respiration resulting from over-oxygenation of the blood, and in this distinguished from “asphyxia,” which is a condition resulting from a deficiency of oxygen in the blood due to suffocation or any serious interference with normal respiration. The two terms were formerly (but improperly) used synonymously.

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